President Biden's Executive Order on Indian Education is a Big Deal
October 18, 2021
Guest Opinion. This past week was significant with the first Presidential Proclamation establishing Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday ~ October 11, 2021. This news unfortunately eclipsed another major policy announcement by President Biden in the form of an Executive Order on Indian Education which is framed as follows:
It is the policy of my Administration to advance equity, excellence, and justice in our Nation's education system and to further Tribal self-governance, including by supporting activities that expand educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all Native American students.
As a policy-wonk, I recognize that presidential executive orders are a big deal; not just an expression of values, but in this case a recommitment to Indian Education and a detailed substantive plan. Key to the sustainability is President Biden's commitment to engaging Indian Country like never before through tribal consultation to guide strategic planning and implementation.